Tetuzi Akiyama is often associated with the improvising community in Tokyo generated around Tokyo's Off Site venue. But to Tetuzi's sound owes just as much to the country blues guitarists of the '30s. His sound has taken the blues form into a new world of minimalist improvisations. His loose playing side steps the usual clichés of the guitar in both the free improv and traditional folk scenes. He can be heard to amazing effect on ,"Time Between", on the locust music compilation Wooden Guitar. Also highly recommended is his spare blues ramblings on, Relator, on Taku Sugimoto's Slub label.
Tetuzi has a varied number of very different projects from free improvisations, working with musicians across the globe, to hard minimalist electric blues boogies, a startling example can be found on Idea Records "Don't Forget To Boogie" LP and Headz live CD version.